February 16, 2018

Archives for October 2013

Publishing At Warp Speed: A Q&A With Rowman & Littlefield International CEO Oliver Gadsby

Rowman & Littlefield International, the newly minted London-based partner of the American publishing company, is hoping to build a streamlined new publishing platform that can focus on quick turnarounds to respond to modern issues faster than traditional presses. With its inaugural volume, scholar Sean Gaston’s The Concept of World from Kant to Derrida, out the door earlier this month, we caught up with CEO Oliver Gadsby to explore how the new imprint plans to carve out a space for its authors by taking advantage of disruptions in publishing, and maybe cause a few of its own along the way.

Information Literacy as an Unnatural State | Peer to Peer Review

Librarians tend to view information literacy in light of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards. Information literacy is a set of competencies, a set of things we should be able to do. However, one of the many problems with becoming information literate in any robust sense is that it’s completely unnatural. The entire enterprise goes against the way the human mind tends to gather and use information. Human beings are animals perhaps capable of information literacy, but apparently designed to work in other ways.

infoDOCKET’s Public Library News Roundup (17 Stories from 12 States)

Here’s our latest roundup. Most of these stories were published in the past week. California San Francisco Library Urinator Damages $3,000 Worth of Books (NBC Bay Area) To Keep Libraries Open, Santa Monica Begins Charging [Non-Residents] for Library Cards (via Santa Monica Lookout) Illinois Geneva library board gets glimpse at ‘Vision for the 21st century’ […]

What Employers Want from College Grads | From the Bell Tower

Academic librarians believe they have something to contribute to the development of lifelong learners. There’s more to being a lifelong learner than having the skills for workplace success, but listening to what employers are looking for could provide guidance.

HarperCollins Celebrates Legacy of ‘Narnia’ Author C.S. Lewis

This fall, HarperCollins will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis with a worldwide campaign that celebrates his legacy. Kicking off the commemoration is the redesign of both www.cslewis.com and www.narnia.com, and their expansion to offer C.S. Lewis ebooks.

Oklahoma’s Pioneer Library System Launches 24-Hour Vending Library

Oklahoma’s Pioneer Library System (PLS) this week became the first library in the U.S. to debut Envisionware’s new 24-Hour Library. Officials plan to use two new vending units to offer 24 hour pickup for reserve materials at a small new branch near a busy shopping area, and to enhance access to materials in another location near a community center and a middle school.

BISG Shares Findings From New “Consumer Attitudes Towards Ebook Reading” Report

Volume 4 of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)/Nielsen Book Research Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading report was released today. The full text report is available for a fee. Additional info and links to purchase here. BISG did share a few of the findings from the report. Consumers are very interested in “bundling” print and digital versions […]

No Such Thing As Too Many Cat Pictures: Q&A With Amanda Brennan | The Digital Shift 2013

Social media is becoming a more and more important way for libraries to interact with their patrons, and one ingredient of that is passing along interesting pieces of information about the library’s many programs and activities. Another very important part, though, is posting the occasional cat picture or funny video, or other piece of viral content, commonly known as memes. At The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries virtual event, held by Library Journal and School Library Journal on October 16, Know Your Meme’s resident librarian, Amanda Brennan, offered her thoughts on how libraries can use memes to engage their patrons and boost their followings on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. We revisited that presentation, and picked Brennan’s brain on some other points, in a Q&A that offers some pointers for beginners looking to make their library’s Facebook page a must read.

“HarperCollins Begins Selling Ebooks Directly to Readers, Starting with CSLewis.com and Narnia.com”

From Laura Owens at Gigaom: In a first for a big-five publisher, HarperCollins has begun selling some ebooks directly to consumers, beginning with titles by C.S. Lewis, the author of the classic Narnia series. The ebooks are available through two new websites, Narnia.com and CSLewis.com, as DRM-protected EPUB files. Each book in the Narnia series […]

IMLS Grants $4.3 Million for School Readiness, Summer Reading Programs

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that it is awarding $4,329,567 in grants to 20 museums and libraries in 17 communities in order to support the emerging role of these institutions in providing early learning opportunities, especially for low-income families.